Through the impetus provided by its new director, Pierre Keller, the Ecole cantonale d'art de Lausanne has embarked since 1995 on a committed dynamic policy of broadening its horizons, and launching initiatives to boost meetings and exchanges of ideas. lt has therefore diversified its organizational structure and teaching methods, and its body of lecturers includes a number of internationally-renowned artists, designers, and speakers. Already one of the foremost art colleges in Europe, the ECAL is aiming to step up vital networking activities and forge new links with other organizations involved in contemporary art or visual design. The official mission of the Ecole cantonale d'art de Lausanne (founded in 1821 ) is to provide its students with an artistic education and to prepare them for careers not only in art but also in teaching and visual communication. In 1997, the Ecal has been recognized at Swiss Federal level as 'University of Art and Design', i.e. as part of the University of applied sciences of French-speaking Switzerland.
Collaboration with other establishments For a number of years, the ECAL has collaborated actively with higher education establishments in Switzerland, Europe, Asia and the USA. These collaborative projects take different forms: - reciprocal participation of teaching staff in diploma examination boards - participation in joint events (exhibitions) - organisation of joint workshops - research projects - student and teacher exchanges. RECENT OR CURRENT COLLABORATIONS (SCHOOLS) Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Bratislava Academy of Fine Arts, Cracovie California College of the Arts, San Francisco Cranbrook Academy of Art, USA Den Danske Filmskole, Danemark Design Academy Eindhoven École d’Art et de Design de St-Etienne École nationale supérieure des Arts décoratifs, Paris École nationale supérieure des arts visuels La Cambre, Bruxelles École nationale des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs (ENSAD), Paris École nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Lyon École nationale Supérieure d’Art de Nancy École supérieure d’art et de design, Reims École Supérieure Estienne, Paris ELISAVA Barcelona FEMIS (Institut de Formation et d’Enseignement pour les Métiers de l’Image et du Son), Paris Gerrit Rietveld Academ